Lord’s Day 10/18 Joy

Joy and Peace in Believing
By John Newton

1. Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in his wings:
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.

2. In holy contemplation,
We sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation,
And find it ever new:
Set free from present sorrow,
We cheerfully can say,
E’en let th’ unknown to-morrow
Bring with it what it may.

3. It can bring with it nothing
But he will bear us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing,
Will clothe his people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens,
No creature but is fed;
And he who feeds the ravens,
Will give his children bread.

4. Though vine nor fig-tree neither
Their wonted fruit shall bear,
Though all the field should wither,
Nor flocks nor herds be there:
Yet God the same abiding,
His praise shall tune my voice;
For while in him confiding,
I cannot but rejoice.

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1 Christian October 17, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Since I became aware of him I have always appreciated John Newton. This reminds me I should read more Newton.

2 Mark Lamprecht October 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Christian, it reminds me I too should read a bit more of Newton. Thanks for stopping by.


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